When thinking about pet health and grooming it’s normally vaccinations, diet, preventative treatments and coat care that springs to mind, however, your dog’s dental hygiene is equally as important.
But how can we care for our dog’s teeth? In this blog we take a look at the problems that can occur and how we can prevent them.
The most common dental problem that affects dogs’ is gum disease. Gum disease is caused by a buildup of bacteria. Each time a dog eats, food, saliva and bacteria form a coating over oral services called plaque.
Plaque is a natural colourless film. When plaque is not regularly removed it will harden, eventually becoming tartar. Tartar attaches to the tooth’s enamel and is normally brown or yellow in colour. The main concern with tartar is that it eventually causes gum irritation, which can lead to gum disease.
If left untreated, gum disease can be very painful and cause bad breath, severe infections and loss of teeth.
The best way to prevent gum disease, is by maintaining a healthy dental routine.
It’s important to familiarise your dog with dental care from a young age. Get them used to having their face and mouth handled as soon as possible. This will then make it more likely that they will tolerate having their teeth brushed. The best way to care for your dog’s teeth is by brushing daily using dog specific toothpaste which can be purchased from most national pet stores such as Pets at Home.
If your dog is not happy having their teeth brushed, there are various types of dental chew sticks available from most supermarkets. Dental chews are designed for dental health and act by scraping off the plaque.
If you have any questions or concerns about your dog’s dental health, speak to your vet.